Interface-facilitated deformation twinning in copper within submicron Ag-Cu multilayered composites

Jian Wang, Irene J. Beyerlein, Nathan A. Mara, Dhriti Bhattacharyya

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Rolling of Ag-Cu layered eutectic composites with bilayer thicknesses in the submicron regime (∼200-400 nm) activated deformation twinning in Cu. Using atomistic simulations and dislocation theory, we propose that the Ag-Cu interface facilitated deformation twinning in Cu by permitting the transmission of twinning partials from Ag to Cu. In this way, twins in Ag can provide an ample supply of twinning partials to Cu to support and sustain twin growth in Cu during deformation. Interface-driven twinning as revealed by this study suggests the exciting possibility of altering the roles of dislocation slip and twinning through the design of heterophase interface structure and properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1083-1086
Number of pages4
JournalScripta Materialia
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011


  • Cu
  • Interfaces
  • Multilayers
  • Twinning

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